In a world where shifters reside, the amount of scales that covered your body determined your position in life. There were many colors of scales and in differing shades too, but black meant royalty. Royal blue scales laced Tallulah's body in unusual yet beautiful patterns of symmetry. Her coverage was unnatural for her position, but her beauty was also a shame she was forced to carry since birth; she was the bastard offspring of their lord. Tallulah was born to a realm where preference was never an option for her class. She was forced into marriage to a man who would rather hurt her than nurture her or allow her to escape her predetermined destiny or to seek out her own, but the world had other plans for Tallulah. Amidst her new life and understanding who she is becoming, Atlas, Crown prince of their land, comes into her life, knocking upside down her entire existence. Running from her past she ran straight into her future, for she was the mate of Atlas and she was scared.